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It only gets worse from here
August 15, 2013 10:37 PM Subscribe
It became necessary to finish this thing. A U.S.-funded 'ally' has carried out one of the largest massacres of protesters since the 1989 assault on Tiananmen Square. At least 525 people
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(and counting and counting
) have been killed since Egypt's police and army attacked two sit-ins
in support of ousted president Muhammad Morsi
on August 14th. Armored cars, police officers, and soldiers marched on the protests in Nasr City and Giza, opening fire with birdshot, tear gas, and live ammunition. It only gets worse from here.We haven't seen in Egypt's history this many attacks against journalists:
cameraman Mick Deane was shot and killed
and reporter Habiba Abdelaziz was shot in the head. There were tanks there.
These expert commentators will explain everything if you're confused
What about Washington's major alliance
with the Egyptian military
? The US canceled a scheduled military exercise
, but not an annual $1.3 billion of military aid
. Where does it go, anyways? (It's not buying any popularity). And why send so many extra tanks? Enough is enough. The Egyptian military did what we explicitly told them not to do. How can we still pretend that this aid is giving us influence? All that continued aid shows is that the US is willing to tolerate virtually any wrongdoing by its client, no matter how blatant or destructive it is.
A violent sectarian backlash is spreading
, especially against Coptic Christians
. But religion has a way of dominating any discussion of the Middle East, until it’s easy to forget that other forces also shape the way people behave. Morsi was no democrat
and the Muslim Brotherhood is also an illiberal titan
. Neither the Brotherhood nor the military made the kind of bargain and compromises necessary for a successful democratic transition
. This is really a failure to share
and the collapse of checks and balances
. But don't buy the story
that the army is the solution
. This might be cultivated extremism.
Nothing has changed. It's no surprise—just the triumph of stupidity.
Photos: Aftermath of Cairo violence. Horrifying photos from Rabaa from Mosa'ab Elshamy. More on Flickr.
Live blogs: Al Jazeera
| The Guardian
Twitter lists: Tweeting from Egypt
| AP journalists
| Al Jazeera
| Anthony DeRosa
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